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Baldwin Family Gold Rush Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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The Baldwin family of these papers consists of Edward and Anna L. Baldwin and the three youngest of their nine children: Ebenezer E., Edward Jr., and James W., the youngest.

The collection consists for the most part of California "Gold Rush" papers (1849-1852) of several members of the Baldwin family of Utica, N.Y. There are four journals (1849-1852), as well as miscellaneous correspondence and documents (1845-1851), of James Baldwin, who sailed to California from New York aboard the packet ship George Washington in February 1849; one notebook on minerals and ores of Edward Baldwin, Jr. (of "Middle Chute, Gallatin Valley, N.T."); an 1809 citizenship document of Edward Baldwin (father); and miscellaneous correspondence and documents (1850) of Ebenezer Baldwin, who sailed for San Francisco from New York aboard the Saratoga in February 1850 and later died in California. James's journals begin with him aboard ship about to round Cape Horn, and follow his arrival in San Franciso and subsequent difficult life as a "Forty-Niner" prospecting in the gold regions: he learns that "everything that shines in California is not gold."

Purchased from Christie's auction in December 2009 (AM2010-63).

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This collection was processed by John Delaney on December 8, 2009. Finding aid written by John Delaney on December 8, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

Miscellaneous correspondence and documents of Ebenezer Baldwin, 1850. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Citizen document of Edward Baldwin (father), 1809. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebook on minerals and ores ("No. 2") by Edward Baldwin, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Diary of James Baldwin, 1849-1852. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Miscellaneous correspondence and documents of James Baldwin, 1845-1851. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Business card of Joseph B. Bidleman, shipper, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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